The Man Who Sold the World – David Bowie

Sometimes the journey is as interesting as the destination. This was Bowie’s journey album on the way to creating Ziggy, by trying to find a sound, and a style, he made one his most interesting and underrated albums.
One of the reasons why I am listening to this today is that I have acquired it as Hi Definition audio. I wasn’t entirely convinced the first time I heard 24 bit audio, but I think this album sounds amazing (for any geeks reading this it is a 24 bit/88hz recording), but you also need to know that I have sucker tattooed across my forehead. It is ironic to be listening to this almost studio quality recording as the first version I had of this was from a cassette tape recorded by holding a cassette recorder next to a speaker for 40 minutes, complete with friend whispers and dog barking.
There is certainly a bit of chaff (Running Gun Blues) but plenty of wheat (The Width of a Circle, All the Madmen, Black Country Rock)
Hidden gem; Saviour Machine
Pointless trivia; The title track is loosely based on the poem Antigonish by William Hughes Mearns.
Micro review; I had no idea Tony Visconti could play bass like that!

Ummagumma – Pink Floyd

When I was a kid I would listen to this album and stare at the cover for ages, especially the back cover with all their equipment displayed (that is how we rolled pre You Tube). Which makes me wonder if One Direction ever did that would they just have a mic and an autotune box?
This was one of the first Floyd albums I owned and because of this the live versions of Astronomy Domine and Careful With That Axe Eugene (brilliant title, and whenever anyone is using an axe in my line of sight I still refer to them as Eugene, and ask them to be careful) are my definitive versions. My friend first heard the Sex Pistol’s Pretty Vacant on a Top of the Pops covers album, to this day it has lodged itself in his subconscious as his definitive version, he now earns his living playing in a covers band.
The second album is a bit more of a challenge, ranging from the sumptuous (Granchester Meadows) to Nick Mason tuning his drums for seven minutes.
Hidden gem; The stomach churning scream on Careful With that Axe Eugene, then the proceeding five minute space jam, fantastic stuff.